1. And You Thought Civil Asset Forfeiture Was Bad Enough…

    Jul 9, 2015 … seize the defendants’ considerable assets in a civil forfeiture action, claiming that the assets are ... probably connected to the alleged criminal activity. Under civil forfeiture laws, the government can take ... doctrine, the government is blocking the defendants from challenging the forfeiture. Fugitive disentitlement ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/you-thought-…-was-bad-enough

  2. An Illustrated Guide to Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Jun 23, 2015 … the insanity of civil asset forfeiture.  It begins with a quintessentially American premise: a young ... forfeiture laws. How does your state stack up?       2015-06-23 20:41:52 Law and Civil Liberties civil asset ... forfeiture, private property, due process ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/illustr…sset-forfeiture

  3. Governor Hogan, Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Inherently Abusive

    Jun 5, 2015 … Adam Bates Despite recent gains around the country, civil asset forfeiture reform suffered ... state’s civil forfeiture regime. Civil asset forfeiture is a process by which the government is able to ... restraining civil asset forfeiture “would greatly inhibit” the war on drugs in the midst of a heroin epidemic ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/governor-hogan-…erently-abusive

  4. Montana Reins in Civil Asset Forfeiture

    May 6, 2015 … signed a bill reforming civil asset forfeiture in the state. HB463 requires a criminal conviction before ... for bringing the abuses of civil asset forfeiture to light. McCarthy told the Daily Caller News ... state-level civil asset forfeiture, following New Mexico. It must be noted that the Montana reforms are less ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/monta…sset-forfeiture

  5. North Carolina Forfeiture Case Reveals Limits of Executive Reform, Government Defensiveness

    May 4, 2015 … asset forfeitures under the Bank Secrecy Act’s “structuring” law.  Those changes mirror an earlier ... government is sensitive to the avalanche of negative press that civil asset forfeiture has received over the ... of civil asset forfeiture abuse. Cases like this show that the executive branch, now under a new ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/north-carolina-forfeiture-case-…t-defensiveness

  6. Airport Pirates Find Bounty in a College Student’s Life Savings

    Jun 17, 2015 … another instance of egregious civil asset forfeiture abuse. Charles Clarke is a 24-year-old college ... from legal sources. By now, hopefully you’re familiar with civil asset forfeiture. Thanks in part to ... work), civil asset forfeiture no longer exists in the shadows, where the perpetrators would have prefered ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/airport-pirates-…ts-life-savings

  7. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Signs Civil Forfeiture Abolition Bill

    Apr 10, 2015 … which I detailed here, into law. New Mexico has thus effectively abolished civil asset forfeiture by ... read here. House Bill 560 (HB 560) makes numerous changes to the asset forfeiture process used by law ... made by this legislation improve the transparency and accountability of the forfeiture process and ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/new-mexico-governor-susa…-abolition-bill

  8. Eric Holder Issues New Asset Forfeiture Restrictions for Structuring Offenses

    Mar 31, 2015 … a report to the federal government by the financial institution.  Some of civil asset forfeiture’s most ... Assistant U.S. Attorneys) or the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) (for ... the abolition of civil forfeiture advocated by civil liberties advocates like Cato and the Institute ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/eric-holder-issues-new-a…turing-offenses

  9. Kudos to the New Mexico Legislature for Abolishing Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Mar 23, 2015 … Adam Bates Good news from out west.  A New Mexico bill, HB 560, to restrict civil asset forfeiture ... requires a criminal conviction for forfeiture actions, bolsters the “innocent owner” defense by requiring ... that the owner know that his/her property was being used illegally, requires that all forfeiture ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/kudos-new-mexico-l…sset-forfeiture

  10. The IRS Folds, Returns 100% of Lyndon McLellan’s Money

    May 14, 2015 … efforts. 2015-05-14 21:19:00 Government and Politics, Law and Civil Liberties civil asset forfeiture ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/irs-folds…mclellans-money

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